Turkey launches major operation against crime ahead of Eid al-Fitr – Xinhua


ANKARA, June 24 (Xinhua) — Some 57 suspects were arrested during a major operation launched by Turkish police on Saturday, state-run Anadolu agency reported.

The operation targeted bus terminals, train stations, airports and sea ports across 81 provinces in Turkey, the General Security Directorate said in a written statement.

It started ahead of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Altogether 12,072 officers, backed by aircraft, marine vessels and sniffer dogs, participated in the operation.

Police also seized seven weapons, four shotguns and some narcotic drugs in the raids. Some 164 other suspects wanted for small crimes were held separately.

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